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Regional News of Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Source: GNA

Restructure Nkrumah’s mausoleum to befit status - Attendant

Government had been urged to rehabilitate the original burial place of Ghana’s fist president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, at Nkroful in the Western Region.

A Tour Attendant at the mausoleum, Mr Stephen Tandoh, noted that, the renovation would not only boost tourism but project the image of the late President as well as the entire nation.

Ghana celebrated the Founders day on Monday, September 21.

Mr Tandoh made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, after a visit to the mausoleum at Nkroful to see the conditions existing at the original burial place of the late Ghana’s First President.

Dr Nkrumah was originally buried at his home town, NKroful in 1972 but his remains was later exhumed and re-buried in Accra, near the arts and cultural Centre.

Mr Tandoh said the mausoleum has not seen any renovation for so many years thus leaving the place in a deplorable state, which discourages tourism.

The Tour Attendant said the fence wall had collapsed making it easy for intruders to litter the place, and that, the furniture had also deteriorated and the entire place in a mess.

He said the “mysterious” River Sublie, in which the first president picked a “mud fish” from, was gradually dwindling due to human activities along the banks and called on the authorities to act on it.

In order to raise funds to maintain the mausoleum, Mr Tandoh suggested the visiting fee be increased to reflect the current times.

He said students pay GH?2.00, adults GH?5.00 and foreigners GH?10.00 for a visit, describing it woefully inadequate.

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